Open access books in the Humanities

Humanities book authors value the benefits that publishing open access can bring. Open access books are easy to find and share, allowing for authors to increase the real-world impact of their work.

Open access can support authors' desires to increase interdisciplinary discussion and use of their work, and to reach a larger and broader audience outside of their normal networks to students, policymakers and the general public. Publishing an open access academic book can also help with career advancement. 

On this page you can find interviews with some of our featured book authors talking about their experiences of publishing open access, as well as open access book highlights from our Humanities list (History, Literature, Culture and Media Studies, Religion and Philosophy). Open access funding can sometimes be challenging to find, so you can also find a list of some of the funders who have supported our featured books, and information on our free Funding Support Service.

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"Through stories, ideas and reasoning, the Humanities offer the insights we need to make sense of our lives and our world. Publishing academic work through open access ensures the widest possible distribution of those ideas to the largest, most diverse readership possible."

- Floor Oosting, Editorial Director Books - Humanities at Springer

Interviews with open access book authors

Dr Zoe Hope Bulaitis

Dr Zoe Hope Bulaitis

Teaching Fellow (and incoming Lecturer), Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Read her interview about Value and the Humanities: The Neoliberal University and Our Victorian Inheritance.

Dr Andreas Hepp

Dr Andreas Hepp

Professor of Media and Communications and Head of ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany.

Read his and Dr Uwe Hasebrink's interview about Communicative Figurations: Transforming Communications in Times of Deep Mediatization.

Prof. Manuel Peréz García

Prof. Manuel Peréz García

Associate Professor at the Department of History, School of Humanities, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Watch or read his interview about Global History and New Polycentric Approaches and Global History with Chinese Characteristics.

Dr Drue Barrett

Dr Drue Barrett

Lead of the Public Health Ethics and Strategy Unit in the Office of Scientific Integrity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA.

Read her interview about Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe

Open access book highlights

Each featured book is available to view and download for free by clicking on the book cover. You can scroll through each carousel to see the full range of featured titles by clicking on the circle underneath. 

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These books have been made open access thanks to the generous funding of: Australian Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (AHRC), Asian Development Bank, Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, Carlsberg Foundation, CauseHealth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - WHO, Dutch Research Council (NWO), European Commission, European Research Council (ERC), Finnish Cultural Foundation, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Portland State, UNESCO, Volkswagen Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, and the Universities of Aalsborg, Bergen, Bremen, Copenhagen, Exeter, Helsinki, Humboldt Berlin, Kent, Manchester, Sørøst-Norge, Tübingen, Oslo, Uppsala amongst others.

Culture & Media Studies

Religion & Philosophy


Here is a selection of our German-language Humanities open access book highlights. You can find more German titles here.

About open access books at Springer Nature

We publish open access Humanities books under our Palgrave Macmillan, Springer and J.B. Metzler imprints, amongst others. Different book types such as monographs and edited volumes are accepted, and we provide various e-formats for your readers to choose the best suited for their device, from HTML, PDF and ePub to MOBI on Amazon Kindle. Print copies are also available for readers who prefer a physical book.

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